Report a stray dog

We run a lost and found dog service which handles the recovery and kennelling of stray dogs found within the Horsham District boundary. Horsham District Council does not have a dog warden.

We work with Seers Croft Vets to provide a place to which a stray dog can be taken, and run a collection service where a report of a stray dog is made to the council provided the dog is contained.

If a stray dog has an identity chip or tag, attempts will be made to return the dog to its home. If a stray dog has no identity chip or tag, it will be seized, kennelled and the owner has to pay the release fee before the dog is returned.

If you find a stray dog, please report it to us so we can help:

  • During office hours Call our office on 01403 215407
  • Out of office hours Call our out-of-hours collection service on 01403 551130 or take the dog to Seers Croft Vets, Tower Road, Faygate, Horsham, RH12 4SD. You can also call Seers Croft Vets on 01293 851122

You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Your name and contact details
  • A description of the dog, for example its type, colour, size, age
  • The time and date when you found the dog
  • Where you found the dog
  • Where the dog should be collected from

What to do if you have lost your dog

If you have lost your dog, please report it to Horsham District Council:

Claiming back a stray dog

Once a dog has been impounded as a stray at the kennels used by the Council, by law an owner has to pay the release fee before the dog is returned. Once you have identified your dog, payment can then be made at the Council offices or at the kennels. On payment of the fee, the dog will then be released to you.

Fee charges for stray dogs

Number of days Fee for one dog Fee for each additional dog
1 £102 £62
2 £118 £78
3 £134 £94
4 £150 £110
5 £166 £120
6 £182 £142
7 £198 £158
If a dog is unclaimed after seven clear days it is re-homed having first been micro-chipped and the dog is no longer the responsibility of the Council.